The Ride of their Lives for Macmillan

by Handy Mag
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On Saturday 11 June you’ll have the chance to watch some of the most exciting races in the horse racing calendar at the biggest and oldest charity racing event, the Macmillan Charity Raceday at York Racecourse.

Bella on balcony

Bella Brown from York, is among 12 amateur riders chosen to take part in the Macmillan ‘Ride of their Lives’ charity race, the renowned race will see members of the public completing months of intense jockey training and fundraising before racing thoroughbred horses on York’s iconic course.

The ‘Ride of Their Lives’ is the first race of the day on Saturday 11 June and the amateur riders can expect to race in front of 25,000 people on the day.

Now in its tenth year, each jockey must commit to raising at least £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, since the first race in 2012 past riders have raised over £1.2 million for people living with cancer.

Bella, who is Visual Merchandise and Marketing Manager at Browns Department Store, is a fifth-generation family member to work at the chain of Department stores based across North Yorkshire, she said:

“As I child I watched my mum prepare and train for the race, I felt inspired to take on the challenge myself.

“I’ve ridden horses my entire life and horse racing has become a great passion of mine. I’ve been so lucky to have York Racecourse on my doorstep, in my opinion it is the greatest racecourse in the world.

“Now I get to experience the thrill of racing on my home track, in front of my loved ones for an outstanding charity.

“My objective with taking part in this race is to raise a substantial amount of money that will make a positive impact on people’s lives. Like many people my family has been touched by cancer, my aunty passed away from cancer at a very young age, and my godfather sadly died from cancer in December, I’ll be riding in their memory and honour.”

Since the Macmillan Charity Raceday first launched in 1971, over £9 million has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Buy your tickets now. Book directly through the York Racecourse website

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